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Help us replace our field truck!

Registered Name: Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society

Business No: 845398775RR0001

Help us replace our field truck!

We need to replace our field truck- it was unfortunately hit while parked overnight (everyone is safe and ok) and was recently written off by ICBC. Simply put, we cannot reach as many people or do our job to the extent that we are used to without a truck.

Summer students crammed FIFTEEN bags of invasive dame's rocket and Canada Thistle into our truck, dubbed the "Albino Frog", removing these noxious weeds from an urban wetland complex along Vernon's BX Creek. We have driven it all over a 10 acre vineyard we helped decommission along the banks of the Similkameen River before planting 800 plants in record time with Cawston volunteers. This truck has toted Turtle Basking logs to be installed in neighbourhood ponds, 30 foot ladders and screech-owl boxes to be carted through the forests of Lumby and Coldstream Creek, and thousands of trees and shrubs to be planted all over our region- from Princeton to Cherryville and Osoyoos to Enderby!

We rely greatly on our field truck and over the past 10 years, it has supported the employment of 22 youth interns, enabled us to plant 30,000 Indigenous trees and shrubs throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen, remove 14,000 kilograms of garbage and invasive plants from sensitive ecosystems and support the careful stewardship of 10,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat.

So, we are asking for your help to drive change in our region- with a new-to-us truck, we'll be able to continue doing what we do best- engaging our local communities in environmental stewardship!